Japan Food Tour – Kyoto Day 2

After a boring hotel breakfast, we headed off to the tea plantation. This was a subway ride, followed by 2 trains and then a bus and then short walk. Not completely worth it in my opinion, but the scenery is nice along the way. We were picked up at the bus stop and then taken outside to pick some tea:

Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms, Wazuka-cho, near Kyoto
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms, Wazuka-cho, near Kyoto
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms, Wazuka-cho, near Kyoto
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms, Wazuka-cho, near Kyoto

Most of it had already been picked over recently, so we didn’t pick much:

Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms, Wazuka-cho, near Kyoto
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms, Wazuka-cho, near Kyoto
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms, Wazuka-cho, near Kyoto
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms, Wazuka-cho, near Kyoto
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms, Wazuka-cho, near Kyoto
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms, Wazuka-cho, near Kyoto

The water must be good, since there was a frog living in the front yard…

Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms, Wazuka-cho, near Kyoto
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms, Wazuka-cho, near Kyoto

We were given a demonstration of the different types of tea, and allowed to taste it. We were able to brew our own as well.

Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms, Wazuka-cho, near Kyoto
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms, Wazuka-cho, near Kyoto
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms, Wazuka-cho, near Kyoto
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms, Wazuka-cho, near Kyoto

The matcha tea used in the tea ceremony was their proudest one and served with a sweet. We had to prepare it ourselves though:

Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms, Wazuka-cho, near Kyoto
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms, Wazuka-cho, near Kyoto
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms, Wazuka-cho, near Kyoto
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms, Wazuka-cho, near Kyoto
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms, Wazuka-cho, near Kyoto
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms, Wazuka-cho, near Kyoto
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms, Wazuka-cho, near Kyoto
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms, Wazuka-cho, near Kyoto

After we left there, we walked back towards the bus stop and had lunch across the road. It was alright – nothing fantastic, but filling. I really liked the Zenzai for dessert though! Haven’t had that for a long time!

Lunch in Wazuka, near Kyoto
Lunch in Wazuka, near Kyoto
Lunch in Wazuka, near Kyoto
Lunch in Wazuka, near Kyoto
Lunch in Wazuka, near Kyoto
Lunch in Wazuka, near Kyoto
Lunch in Wazuka, near Kyoto
Lunch in Wazuka, near Kyoto

We walked back to the bus stop and I took a couple more photos of the rice paddies backed by tea plantations. They’ve been growing tea here for 800 years!

Rice paddies, Wazuka, near Kyoto
Rice paddies, Wazuka, near Kyoto
Rice paddies, Wazuka, near Kyoto
Rice paddies, Wazuka, near Kyoto
Rice paddies, Wazuka, near Kyoto
Rice paddies, Wazuka, near Kyoto

On the way back to Kyoto, Chiko very kindly stopped off at Inari so we could see th red Toris and the 1200 year old temple complex.

Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto

There was a wall of bunches of cranes sewn together into something like leis. So colourful and pretty!

Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto

It’s a very nice complex:

Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto

Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto

Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto

There were so many girls (and some boys) in kimonos! It was great:

Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto

There was even a Scot with his bagpipes in full regalia!

Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto

And then we got to the actual Tori gates. Very nice! Full of tourists, naturally. I noticed that the Toris only had writing on the back (when you face back the way you came).

Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto

An then more pretty temples/shrines/toris/girls in kimonos…us…

Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto

A couple of girls explicitly allowed us to take their photos and thanked us profusely for the privilege!

Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto

One of the girls on the tour thought this fox statue was a funny-looking cat! Obviously not a cat person 🙂

Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto

More girls in kiminos and then we got the train back to Kyoto:

Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto
Temple and gates at Inari, Kyoto

The train was packed! Peak hour, apparently.

Chiko showed us around Kyoto Station, which is 19 years old now. It wasn’t there when I was last in Kyoto – there was no subway back then either! The station is pretty amazing! We went to the roof and I took some photos of the views.

Views at Kyoto Station, Kyoto
Views at Kyoto Station, Kyoto
Views at Kyoto Station, Kyoto
Views at Kyoto Station, Kyoto
Views at Kyoto Station, Kyoto
Views at Kyoto Station, Kyoto
Views at Kyoto Station, Kyoto
Views at Kyoto Station, Kyoto
Views at Kyoto Station, Kyoto
Views at Kyoto Station, Kyoto
Views at Kyoto Station, Kyoto
Views at Kyoto Station, Kyoto

We’d intended to have dinner here (on our own, since everyone else had left!), but didn’t find anything cheap enough that we could agree on and I was getting really tired, not feeling 100%, so we went back to the hotel – though this was easier said than done! Trying to find the subway entrance was quite the feat! I took some more photos of the station along the way, though:

Views at Kyoto Station, Kyoto
Views at Kyoto Station, Kyoto
Views at Kyoto Station, Kyoto
Views at Kyoto Station, Kyoto
Views at Kyoto Station, Kyoto
Views at Kyoto Station, Kyoto
Views at Kyoto Station, Kyoto
Views at Kyoto Station, Kyoto

We got ourselves some dinner (and Scotch 🙂 ) at the 711 and ate it back at the hotel. Not too bad:

Dinner from 711, Kyoto
Dinner from 711, Kyoto
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